Deborah Leslie , Professor

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Administrative Position:
Associate Chair, Graduate

Home Campus:
U of T St. George

PhD:
UBC (1995)

Cross Appointments:
Canada Research Chair in the Cultural Economy

Contact Information:

Phone:    (416) 978-8467
Location: Room 5066, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)
Email:     leslie@geog.utoronto.ca

Personal Website: http://www.utoronto.ca/culturaleconomy/debby.html

Research Interests:

  • Cultural industries
  • Commodity chains
  • Material culture
  • Urban economic development
  • Economic geography
  • Feminist geography

Selected Publications:

Refereed Articles

  • Hracs, B. and Leslie, D, 2013. “Aesthetic labour in creative industries: the case of independent musicians in Toronto, Canada”. Area, 46(1): 66-73
  • Rantisi, N. and Leslie, D. 2013. “The Role of Local Intermediaries in the Evolution of Montréal’s Circus Arts Cluster: the Case of the Ecole Nationale de Cirque”. Regional Studies. Published Online, August 16, 2013
  • Leslie, D, and Hunt, M, 2013. “Securing the Neoliberal City: Discourses of Creativity and Priority Neighbourhoods in Toronto, Canada”. Urban Geography. 34(8). Published Online September 6, 2013
  • Leslie, D, Brail, S. and Hunt, M. 2013. “Crafting an Antidote to Fast Fashion: Toronto’s Independent Fashion Design Sector”. Growth and Change. Accepted. Forthcoming.
  • Leslie, D. and Catungal, J.P. 2012. “Social Justice and the Creative City: Class, Gender and Racial Inequality” Geography Compass. 6(3): 111-122
  • Leslie, D. and S. Brail, 2011. “The productive role of quality of life: the case of fashion designers in Toronto”. Environment and Planning A. 43(12): 2900-2917
  • Rantisi, N. and Leslie, D. 2010. “Materiality and Creative Production: The Case of the Mile End Neighbourhood in Montréal” Environment and Planning A. 42: 2824-2841
  • Leslie, D. and Rantisi, N. 2010. “Creativity and Place in the Evolution of a Cultural Industry: The Case of the Cirque du Soleil”. Urban Studies Published online November, 2010.
  • Catungal, J.P. and Leslie, D. 2009, “Placing Power in the Creative City: Governmentalities and Subjectivities in Liberty Village, Toronto”. Environment and Planning A. 41(11): 2576-2594
  • Catungal, J.P, Leslie, D. and Hii, Y, 2009. “Geographies of Displacement in the Creative City: the Case of Liberty Village, Toronto.” Urban Studies. 46 (5-6): 1095-1114
  • Reimer, S. and Leslie. D, 2008. “Design, National Imaginaries and the Home Furnishings Commodity Chain” Growth and Change. 39(1): 144-171
  • Leslie, D. and Rantisi, N. 2006. “Governing the Design Economy in Montreal, Canada”. Urban Affairs Review. 40(5): 1-29
  • Leslie, D. and Reimer, S. 2006. “Situating Design in the Canadian Household Furniture Industry”. Canadian Geographer. 50(3): 319-341
  • Rantisi, N. and Leslie, D. 2006. “Branding the Design Metropole: the Case of Montreal, Canada”. Area. 38(4): 364-376
  • Reimer, S. and Leslie, D. 2004.“Identity, Consumption and the Home”. Home Cultures. 1(2): 187-208
  • Leslie, D. and Reimer, S. 2003. “Gender, Modern Design and Home Consumption” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 21: 293-316
  • Leslie, D. and Reimer, S. 2003. “Fashioning Furniture: Restructuring the Furniture Commodity Chain”. Area. 35(4): 427-437
  • Leslie, D, 2002. “Gender, Retail Employment and the Clothing Commodity Chain”. Gender, place and culture. 9(1): 61-76
  • Butz, D. and Leslie, D. 2001. “Risky Subjects: Changing Geographies of Employment in the Automobile Industry”. Area. 33(2): 212-219
  • Leslie, D, 1999 “Consumer Subjectivity, Space and Advertising Research”. Environment and Planning A. 31: 1443-1457
  • Leslie, D. and Reimer, S. 1999. “Spatializing Commodity Chains”. Progress in Human Geography. 23(3): 401-420
  • Leslie, D. and Butz, D. 1998. “‘GM Suicide’: Flexibility, Space and the Injured Body”. Economic Geography. 74(4): 360-378.
  • Leslie, D, 1997. “Flexibly specialized agencies? Reflexivity, Identity and the Advertising Industry”. Environment and Planning A. 29: 1017-1038
  • Leslie, D, 1997. “Abandoning Madison Avenue: The Relocation of Advertising Services in New York City”. Urban Geography. 18(7): 568-590
  • Leslie, D, 1995. “Global Scan: The Globalization of Advertising Agencies, Concepts and Campaigns”. Economic Geography. 71(4): 402-426
  • Leslie, D. A, 1993. “Femininity, Post-Fordism and the ‘New Traditionalism'”. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 11: 689-708

Book Chapters

  • Biggar, J, and Leslie, D. (Forthcoming) 2014. “Cultural Planning and Governance Innovation”. Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach. Ed. Thomas, R.
  • Leslie, D, Hunt, M, and Brail, B, 2013. “Attracting and Retaining Artistic Talent in Toronto: Cosmopolitanism, Cultural Diversity and Inclusion”. in Seeking Talent for Creative Cities: The Social Dynamics of Innovation. Ed. Jill Grant. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. pp 59-76
  • Leslie, D. and Rantisi, N., 2012. “Creativity and urban regeneration: the role of La Tohu and the Cirque du Soleil in the Saint-Michel neighbourhood in Montréal”. In The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy: Global Perspectives. Ed. Grodach, C. and Silver, D. London: Routledge. pp 83-97
  • Leslie, D. 2012. “Gender, Commodity Chains and Everyday Life”. The Cultural Turn in Economic Geography and the Economic Turn in Cultural Geography. Ed. Barney Warf. Springer. pp 65-78
  • Leslie, D. and Rantisi, N. 2012. “Creative Classes, Workers and Elites”. in The New Companion in Economic Geography. Ed. Barnes, T., Peck, J. and Sheppard, E. Oxford: Blackwell. pp. 458-471
  • Leslie, D. and Hunt, M. 2012. “Home Environments: Aesthetics, Fashion, Status”. Encyclopedia of Housing and Home. Ed. Susan Smith et.al. pp.
  • Bourne, L., Britton, J. and Leslie, D. 2011. “The Greater Toronto Region: The Challenges of Economic Restructuring, Social Diversity, and Globalization”. In Canadian Urban Regions. Trajectories of Growth and Change Ed. Larry Bourne, Tom Hutton, Richard Shearmur, and Jim Simmons. Oxford University Press, pp. 236-268
  • Edensor, Tim, Deborah Leslie, Steve Millington and Norma Rantisi, 2010. “Rethinking Creativity: Critiquing the Creative Class Thesis” in Edensor, Tim, Deborah Leslie, Steve Millington and Norma Rantisi, Eds. Spaces of Vernacular Creativity: Rethinking the Cultural Economy. Routledge. pp. 1-16
  • Rantisi, N and Leslie, D. 2010. “Creativity by Design? The role of informal spaces in creative production” in Edensor, Tim, Deborah Leslie, Steve Millington and Norma Rantisi, Eds. Spaces of Vernacular Creativity: Rethinking the Cultural Economy. Routledge. pp.33-45
  • Leslie, D. 2010. “Commodity chains”. Encyclopedia of Geography. Ed. Barney Warf. London: Sage.
  • Leslie, D. 2009. “Consumption”. International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Ed. Rob Kitchen and Nigel Thrift. Elsevier. pp. 268-274
  • Leslie, D. and Rantisi, N. 2009. “Fostering a Culture of Design: Insights From the Case of Montreal, Canada”. Creativity, Innovation and the Cultural Economy. Ed. Andy Pratt and Paul Jeffcutt. London: Routledge. pp.181-199
  • Reimer, S. and Leslie, D. 2004. “Knowledge, Ethics and Power in the Home Furnishings Commodity Chain”. Geographies of Commodity Chains. Ed. A. Hughes and S. Reimer. London: Routledge. pp. 250-269
  • Leslie, D, 1997. “Femininity, Post-Fordism and the ‘New Traditionalism'”. reprinted in Space, gender, knowledge. Ed. Linda McDowell and Joanne Sharp. London: Arnold. pp. 300-317

Books

  • Edensor, T, Leslie, D. Millington, S. and Rantisi, N. 2010. Eds. Spaces of Vernacular Creativity: Rethinking the Cultural Economy. London: Routledge.

Research Clusters:
Cities and Everyday Life, Political Spaces